Transfer Assistant Staff

Transfer Assistant Staff

Grace Edwards

“Hi everyone! My name is Grace Edwards and am majoring in Marine Science and Biology on the Pre-Med track.  I am from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and am going into my junior year.  I am an active member of the Veteran Student Organization and love helping out with the UM community. In my free time I like to play the piano and cello.”

Kayla Griffin

“Hi everyone! My name is Kayla Griffin and I am a senior here at the University of Miami. I transferred here after my freshman year from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. I am from Long Island, New York. I’m majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Sociology. On campus, I’m involved in Greek Life and helping out with new transfer students. Please feel free to contact me if you should need any help!”

Gabriella Kayal

“Hi, and welcome to UM! My name is Gabriella Kayal and I am a junior double majoring in Spanish and Philosophy with a minor in Exercise Physiology. Since I am both a transfer and a commuter, I know how difficult the transition to UM can be, and so I am excited to help my fellow transfers feel happy and fulfilled at this amazing place we get to call our University. I have now found my second home here and am proud to be a Cane. I am also involved in UCook and am participating in a UM Alternative Break trip this Spring Break. I look forward to working with everyone! Go Canes!”

Andrew Xavier McNaney

“Hello everyone, welcome to the University of Miami! My name is Andrew McNaney. I am a junior majoring in criminology and political science and I am from the city of brotherly love! I transferred to UM from Montgomery County Community College. I’m involved in numerous clubs and organizations on campus and enjoy playing sports and video games when I’m not studying! I have loved my experiences at UM so far and hope to make your experiences just as great. Welcome to our family and Go Canes!”

Tamia Medina

“Hello, welcome to the ‘Cane Family! My name is Tamia and I am an incoming junior majoring in Medical Anthropology with minors in Exercise Physiology and Biology. I was born in Quito, Ecuador, but have lived in Miami for 15 years. Some of my involvements at the U are MAPS, Medlife, ACS, and working with the new transfer students. I look forward to meeting you all! Feel free to contact me with any help you may need.”

Priscilla Ruiz

“Hi. My name is Priscilla Ruiz and I am a sophomore. I am majoring in legal studies with two minors in philosophy and political science. Law school is the goal for me. You can find me hanging in the Shalala Student Center or buying an acai bowl at Jamba Juice on any given day. Aside from helping transfers, I am currently involved in ACS, Great Start, and Cane buddy. I have a passion for the University of Miami and look forward to sharing that with you. Go Canes!”


Xochitl Santamaria

Graduate Assistant, Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement

Xochitl is a graduate student at the University of Miami who is just beginning the Master’s program in Community & Social Change. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Oswego double majoring in Broadcasting & Mass Communication and Global & International Studies with a concentration in Global Sustainability. Xochitl is the current advisor for the Transfer Assistants.